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News: Historic $10 Million Gift Supports Wharton Esherick’s Legacy

The Wharton Esherick Museum (WEM) is delighted to announce the receipt of a $10 million endowment gift from the Windgate Foundation. Returns from the investment of the gift are projected to provide income that will support the Museum’s annual operating budget at a time when cultural organizations of every size are grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”  –Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more.

A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

We invite you to visit the Museum through a guided experience for which reservations are required.


“A complete expression of one man’s intensely personal fusion of fine craftsmanship with the wild flights of the imagination.”

Anne d'Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Fun, neat, creative, colorful, comfortable, smooth, flowing, exciting, cool, twisty, wavy, and extraordinary.”

Second graders describe their visit to the Wharton Esherick Museum
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Upcoming Events

Home as Self Opening Reception

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Current Exhibition: Home as Site

Home as Site: Home as Site explores the physical nature and architecture of the WEM campus, including what gives the site its power and how it came to be. This installation is the first in a series of exhibitions and programs that will explore the idea of “home” in order to celebrate WEM’s 50 year history and to think creatively about the next fifty years – and beyond.

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Old photo of Esherick in front of his home/studio

Imprint 2022

14th Annual High School Printmaking Competition

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